Looking back into previous academic projects, I discovered several commonalities, in both the process and the product. Here are a few of the past academic projects.
REFLECTING ON PREVIOUS ACADEMIC PROJECTS
Analyzing the various characteristics of design like form, spaces, movement, axes, and structure across the projects, here are a few observations:
Over several years, the process had become streamlines. At first glance after analysis, the process did appear generic, on deeper inspection, realized the relationship between the initial sketches, the development process and the product. The essence of the primary sketch/idea remain in the product. The following are observation from the design processes followed in academic projects:
This involved studying various models of practices across the country, understanding the various aspects of practice and their practical application. There were observation and learnings from every interview. Out of the practices, the following were the closest I would imaging studiofingo's structure and functioning would get to are Archohm, Studio Lotus and Essteam. The scale of operations and outreach is an inspiration. A re-discovery of how the practice in most cases reflects the leaders personality, how management and communication ca make all the difference in running a practice and how people centric approach can change the sense of ownership and allow them to stay in the same practice for a long time. For more information on the practices interviewed, please visit thepracticecept.com
DISCOVERING AND DEVELOPING THE IDEOLOGY
What is good design for you? What are your core values? What are the non negotiables? What really is ideology? These are a few of the many questions that surfaced while wording the ideology. The following is the ideation and the process:
Drawing from the readings, and the interviews of several distinct practices while looking back into previous academic projects, it was an interesting journey in discovering the core values and the belief in the practice. Assimilating these thoughts, deciphering between what is an aspiration and a responsibility, the ideology of studiofingo was derived:
ARRIVING AT THE IDEOLOGY
The most important thought at studio-fingo is to always negotiate for the greater good, to explore how one can give back.
The design approach will be two-fold:
Firstly, in addition to responding to the immediate needs of the end-user and the project-brief, architecture should give back positivity, by nurturing growth, generating happiness and ensuring well-being.
Secondly, architecture should not merely respond to the context, but also be able to positively contribute and add substantial value to it.
STRUCTURE OF PRACTICE
In the process of structuring the Practice various factors were considered link, types of projects, nature of practice, management, scale of operation, number of employees, roles and responsibilities, sublimation, crass-subsidization, inter-relationship of practice-academics-research.. A large part of the inspiration for structuring of the practice was drawn by learning from that of Archohm's Practice.
A workflow diagram is developed for typical architectural design projects. These become the basic SOPs for such projects. These are adapted and tweaked to suite the nature of the project. This was experimented with for the academic projects and also attempted in live projects. Along with this, a work flow chart for a 2 Week sprint was designed and experimented. Both of these flowcharts looked very promising on paper, with the real life application, we realized that a lot more is governed by time. A series of modifications need to be done to optimize this process further.
Standard Operation Procedure for Architectural Design Projects
Two Week Sprint for Project Workflow
PROJECTS AND TIMELINE
The studio has three projects: the first, a competition project - Alps Wellness Retreat, attempting collaboration between two practices, second, a self initiated project - Fingo Collective, attempting complete application of ideology, and the third, a project that challenges the ideology - Honest Residence.
In addition to these, three more live projects were experimented with: A residence in collaboration with Green Tree Architects - Tirupur Residence, an Architectural Photography Project - Hayagreevadhama, and a Research and Documentation project - Flashback.
The following is how the projects were divided into tasks and scheduled in coherence to each other: